Symi (or Simi) is a quiet and picturesque island located just an hour by boat from Rhodes; it makes for a pleasant day trip or a longer honeymoon holiday.
Explore the picturesque old port area of Yialos, which is surrounded by hills and lined with pastel-coloured neoclassical houses overlooking a wide horseshoe-shaped harbour.
From Yialos climb the ancient chipped marble steps of the Kali Strata to Old Horio for great views over the harbour. Once there, visit the medieval 14th century Knights of Agios Ioannis castle, see Byzantine and medieval artefacts within the small Archaeological Museum and examine colourful frescoes inside the Church of the Panagia. Pass picture-perfect white-washed homes and churches and a row of windmills along the way.
Hire a scooter and ride across green hills to visit the imposing 18th century Monastery of St Michel of Panormitis, which nestles beneath green hills and faces a tranquil harbour. Inside the museum, admire Byzantine paintings, manuscripts, frescoes and folkloric artefacts then unwind on the pretty beach nearby.
Symi offers several mainly pebble and shingle beaches that shelve into clear turquoise waters. The best beaches in Symi, include the following…
This long, tree-shaded, coarse shingle beach offers good swimming in a calm bay with a beachside taverna on hand for when you feel peckish.
Nimborio (also known as Emborio) is located 3km from Yialos and is easily accessible by car, boat or on foot.
Surrounded by rock-strewn hillsides and facing tranquil Pedi Bay, this beach of golden sand and shingle offers good swimming in turquoise waters.
Relax in the shade of tamarisk trees and enjoy a tasty lunch at the beachside taverna. Facilities also include sun beds and umbrellas.
St Nikolaos is a short walk away from the waterfront village of Pedi, which is easily accessed by bus from Yialos.
This small shingle beach offers stunning turquoise swimming waters and views across to the St Marina islet and its small church.
St Marina is located a short walk around the bay from St Nicolaos Beach.
This popular sand and shingle beach is the closest to Yialos and offers good swimming in clean turquoise water. Facilities also include sun beds and umbrellas.
This narrow shingle beach offers good swimming in calm crystalline waters. The beach is located a short walk from the famous Panormitis monastery. Cool off with a refreshing swim, sunbathe on the beach or go for a walk through the tamarisk woods that fringe the beach.
Symi offers a range of honeymoon accommodation to suit all budgets.
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Anytime. For sunny blue skies and warm seawater, the best time to honeymoon in Symi is between May and September when the average temperature is 27°C; the summer crowds of July and August are probably best avoided.
Symi has a warm Mediterranean climate year round. The dry hot days of summer are mainly relieved by sea breezes. The rainy season runs from November to March.
Symi is one of 12 (dodeca) islands lying east of Peloponnese, and is closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece. As well as Symi, the Dodecanese Islands comprise Rhodes, Kos and Patmos, plus a number of smaller islands.
By ferry, Symi is one hour from Rhodes and 14 hours from Pireaus (the port of Athens). Time-pressed holidaymakers can fly direct to Rhodes, with daily flights from Athens taking only one hour.
Latest update: Symi: 18 November, 2018
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